Nick Thurston

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Nick Thurston (1982, UK) is a writer and editor who makes artworks. He is the author of two experimental books, Reading the Remove of Literature (2006) and Of the Subcontract (2013), both of which have been anthologised and the latter of which has been translated into Dutch (2016), Spanish (2019) and German (2020). He writes regularly for the literary and arts press as well as for independent and academic publications. His most recent book is the co-edited collection Post-Digital Cultures of the Far Right (2018).

His recent exhibitions include shows at Transmediale (Berlin, 2018), Q21 (Vienna, 2018), MuHKA (Antwerp, 2018) and HMKV (Dortmund, 2019). His recent projects include 'Seeing Libraries Differently' for the UNESCO/Festival of Libraries (Manchester, 2022) and the 'Sculpture and Poetry' research and exhibition programme for the Henry Moore Institute (Leeds, 2021–23). His print and sculptural works are held in public and private collections around Europe including the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Leeds City Art Gallery and The Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris). He has been Artist in Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2014), Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (2016) and received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists (2020).

From 2006–18 he was one-third of the DIY publishing collective Information As Material. During that time they published and self-published 50+ experimental books, editions, and weirder things, as well as staging alternative learning and performance events. They were Writers in Residence at the Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2011-12), and reference archives of their publications are held in the USA and UK. IAM’s collaborations have been surveyed in exhibitions at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art (Sunderland, 2013), Printed Matter, Inc. (New York, 2016), and elsewhere.

Nick Thurston teaches studio practice and critical writing as a tenured Associate Professor (Grade 9) in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, where he was previously the Director of interdiscplinary undergraduate Fine Art programmes (2015–19). He has served as an External Examiner at every level from Foundation to PhD around the UK, and currently support course teams at Dublin School of Creative Arts (2020–24) and Glasgow School of Art (2023–26).

He is also the co-founding Director of the Artists' Writings & Publications Research Centre (2016–) and a Fellow of the Leeds Poetry Centre (2018–). He has been an elected member of the School-level Research Committee (2015–19) and currently serves as the Creative Practice representative for the university-wide Cultural Research Advisory Group (2020–) as well as a Director of Impact in the Arts, Humanities and Culture faculty (2022–). (2024)